Maryland Gov. O’Malley announces “Governor for a Day” essay contest


educationgirlsIn honor of International Women’s Day Friday, Governor Martin O’Malley launched Maryland’s first-ever “Governor for a Day” Essay Contest to encouraging young women to pursue careers in public service, including in elected office.

The contest invites young women ages 8-12 to explain in 400 words why they want to be Governor of Maryland and what they would do if they were Governor for a day.

Entries will be accepted on the governor’s website until April 15, 2013.

All contestants will receive a package containing information about Maryland’s State Government, the requirements of elected office, and a special video message with words of encouragement from the Governor.

One winner will be chosen by a panel of judges from the Governor’s Office. The prize awarded to the writer of the winning essay will be unveiled once a winner is announced, and it will include a meeting with Governor O’Malley in Annapolis.

Also, for International Women’s Day, the governor released a video featuring a few members of his Cabinet who’ve offered words of advice to young women:

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